BSc Developmental Psychology with a Year Abroad

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
ABB (2018/9 entry) See All Requirements
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Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this degree combines a strong core of psychology with developmental perspectives on cognition and behaviour.

An accredited psychology degree is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist and accreditation is necessary to work in the psychology professions, such as educational, occupational or clinical psychology.


The BSc Developmental Psychology is underpinned by core psychology areas, but shaped to developmental aspects which link to our Developmental Science research group within the School. Through optional choices which focus on how children develop both cognitively and socially the BSc in Developmental Psychology allows you to focus upon the developmental science subfield of psychology. There is an emphasis on advanced options which explore normative and atypical cognitive development covering specific issues such as autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD, William syndrome, giftedness’ and developmental psychopathology.

Like all our degrees the programme has a central core of psychology, giving you exposure to a range of theoretical ideas and research evidence from a variety of fields, including:

•    developmental psychology
•    social psychology 
•    cognitive psychology
•    biological psychology
•    the study of personality and individual differences.

The structure of the degree ensures that you have a robust understanding of core contemporary psychological theory and research. In your third year, not only will you take specialist modules which adopt a developmental perspective, but you will also undertake an empirical project oriented around a developmental topic.
Throughout this course you will be able to build your own psychological understanding, integrating ideas from the diverse range of behavioural and social theories you will encounter. You will learn to relate psychological theories to real world experience and activities, and explore how psychological scholarship and research can be used in practical situations.

Course Structure

The academic year consists of two semesters. A typical module is taught through two lectures and about one seminar per week. While lectures are attended by all students taking a specific module, seminars are held in smaller groups where you can interact more directly with the tutor and your peers to and address and discuss different topics.

Year 1

In your first year you will study three compulsory modules which will make up your core learning, providing you with a platform upon which you can develop your psychological knowledge.

You will encounter a wide variety of topics, from cognitive development to attachment and social relationships. The research module will introduce you to subject specific methods in the study of psychology, as you begin to develop research skills and a critical perspective.

Year 2

The second year follows a similar structure to the first year, with compulsory modules designed to develop your understanding of different branches of psychology, alongside core developmental psychology teaching. An advanced module in research methods aims to consolidate your knowledge of research design, qualitative analysis and statistics.
Alongside this you will have the opportunity to choose an optional module from a published list which may be a Psychology module (enabling you to develop your applied understanding of a variety of branches of psychology) or an option from outside the school which may be relevant to your career or other interests (e.g. an educational or advanced language module).

Year 3

In the final year you will complete a substantial research project. You will be supervised by a developmental psychologist and will research a specific area or issue which reflects your intellectual interests and career aspirations. Your supervisor will help you to use your research skills to plan and produce a research project drawing on a specific form of data gathering and analysis. This could be focused on survey work, experimental design, or evaluations either within the laboratory or in applied contexts such as schools. You will select a number of optional modules from the developmental psychology field to ensure that your 3rd year provides you with specialist knowledge.

A range of assessment methods are used to monitor your progress, including coursework, reports, essays, projects, presentations, timed tests and examinations. There are both compulsory and optional elements to promote a combination of breadth and depth, core knowledge and creativity.

Where Next?

Graduate with the skills, knowledge and confidence you will need for a career in a variety of sectors and organisations, including:

•    Child and Adolescent Psychology
•    Educational Psychology
•    Teaching 
•    Child Health and Welfare
•    Parenting and Family support services
•    Social Work

The theoretical and research components of the degree also lay strong foundations for going on to postgraduate study in Developmental Science.

Study Abroad

For Home/EU students opting for a Year Abroad the tuition fee is currently £1,350. The Year Abroad tuition fee will be subject to an annual increase. International Students are required to pay 25% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their year Abroad and will be calculated based on the current tuition fee for that year.

Visit our Study Abroad website.

Course Modules 2017/8


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Social Work and Psychology)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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